Many libraries have incorporated video gaming centers into their teen areas as part of an overall goal to provide safe, welcoming places for them to gather. Have you been thinking about doing the same, but aren’t sure where to start? Do you have concerns about adding video games to your branch offerings?
Two recently renovated Fairfax County (VA) Public Library branches have added video gaming centers, and staff members at both locations have faced challenges and seen rewards from running gaming centers during the past two years. Join librarians Caroline Labbé and Rebecca LaPlante as they share their experiences and provide tips on how you can run a successful gaming center.
Attendees will learn how to:
● Identify factors to consider when developing a teen video gaming center
● Recognize the challenges with teen gaming centers and how to proactively address them
● Develop policies and procedures covering the use of a gaming center
Original broadcast February 7, 2019
Biography ~ Caroline Labbe and Rebecca LaPlante
Caroline Labbé has worked in elementary school libraries, academic libraries, and public libraries since 1989, starting as a volunteer and working her way up to librarian, earning an MSLS along the way. She is currently an Adult Services Librarian and Tech Team member at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Branch of the Fairfax County Public Library system. She and her husband are the proud owners of their very own XboxOne. Her favorite games are the Just Dance games.
Rebecca LaPlante has worked in libraries in a variety of roles supporting adult services since 2012 and is currently the Assistant Branch Manager at the Pohick Regional Branch of the Fairfax County Public Library system. While she still has a soft spot for the classic video games of her youth (Dig Dug, anyone?), she does enjoy Super Mario Kart on Nintendo Switch and hopes to one day win a game.